Scottie Pippen endorses Jon Lester’s ‘bounce pass’ plan
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester’s trouble with capably making competent throws to first base has been well-documented throughout his otherwise stellar major-league career. And he announced on Sunday a wholly unorthodox plan in the hopes of remedying the issue. Interestingly, Lester even utilized the names of two Chicago sports icons, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, to explain the process.
“We’re working on the Jordan to Pippen bounce pass,” Lester said of his work at spring training with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “In [Cubs new third-base/infield coach Brian Butterfield’s] words, ‘Just eliminate all tension and bounce it over there.’ We’ve been working on it early in the morning.”
Pippen took to Twitter to endorse Lester’s out-of-the-box plan.
You’re welcome to take a page out of our playbook anytime, @JLester34. The bounce pass is underrated—whatever it takes to #FlyTheW. https://t.co/pUpnwby47z
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) March 5, 2018
Lester previously received support from Cubs skipper Joe Maddon on the bounce-pass plan, who said, “It’s going to work. They’re working on it, and working on different methods to get it done.” While Maddon’s endorsement certainly is a positive development, one has to believe hearing from Pippen was much cooler for Lester.